Amsterdam is the AMS living lab to develop and test metropolitan solutions – involving the Amsterdam citizens as testers, users and co-creators. Research and valorization in AMS Institute will not just be about cities, they will be integrated into cities through a network of test beds. The institute will use test beds in Amsterdam to understand the flows and characteristics of the urban environment, and thus to design metropolitan solutions and accelerate their integration into real life. The projects all match the key AMS criteria: they involve the residents of Amsterdam and institute partners, they will benefit the local population, and they are internationally recognised as innovative.
AMS will investigate the potential efficacy of (big) data supported bottom up initiatives in increasing the comfort, sustainability and resilience of urban communities in the face of foreseen change of spatial planning of urban environments, infrastructure and services necessary to address to climate change, urbanization, empowerment and resource scarcity.
These projects will make a deep impact on the city. What could be better than working to enhance the living and working climate in cities, improving the quality of life, containing damage, reducing traffic jams and pollution, and helping to make essentials – like energy, water, and food – available to everyone?